Athletics

Location
Grove City, PA
Undergrads
2,469
Tuition
$14,880
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Grove City does have most of the major sports and are competitive in their division. While Grovers do take their sports seriously, there is not the frenzy that you see at some schools. They have a wide variety of intramurals and you're not expected to be a fantastic athlete to participate.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Intramural sports are a big part of student life. There is a strong emphasis on sports by ultimately academics comes first.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Grove City is bigger on IM sport than it is on varsity sports. Varsity sport games are attended but not very well. However, almost everyone plays IM sports, and there are so many different IM sports to play. Even if you aren't athletic, there's always IM Settlers of Catan. Or Quidditch.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: IM sports are huge here.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The track is always full and causes many students to run around and off campus. I'm pretty sure that my high school gym was better equipped than the one at Grove City.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1265th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Hometown
Kalamazoo, MI
Major
English
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Grove City College offers 20 varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level. The college is a member of the President's Athletic Conference, which includes other schools like Washington and Jefferson, Westminster, and Thiel. Athletes are encouraged to put their academics before their athletics. The Wolverine Arena is never filled to its 1,600-person capacity. Student-athletes frequently feel under supported and, in some cases, dislike the interference of Grove City College's academic rigor. However, a band of enthusiastic students-dubbed the Crimson Crazies-have made varsity athletic fan support a more mainstream phenomenon. Grove City College also offers club sports including men's volleyball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's rugby. Club sports attract good fan support, but are not insured or financially supported by the administration-a sore point with avid club team members. Grove City College intramural sports attract over half of the student body-a mixture of all-around athletes and wannabes.

Freshmen wandering through the Physical Learning Center (PLC) may be mystified by the maze of hallways that access pools, racquetball courts, and a dance floor. Facilities here are safe, but dated. A 200-meter suspended track and a newly expanded weight room offer ample indoor workout space. The four tons of free weights and variety of machines are usually busy, but there is rarely a long wait. Many freshmen decry the mandatory fitness and wellness classes. However, students frequently run throughout the town and enjoy pick-up games of volleyball, basketball, racquetball, and ultimate Frisbee.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: Presidents' Athletic Conference
Basketball: Presidents' Athletic Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
The Wolverine
Men Playing Varsity Sports
287 - 23%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
171 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey (women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Skiing and snowboarding
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Euchre
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Kickball (women's)
  • Racquetball (women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming (women's)
  • Tennis (women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Physical Learning Center
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, basketball, soccer, and baseball get more attention than most others-a definite commentary on a lack of support for varsity athletics. Club sports attract enthusiastic fans, but IM sports are the most popular draw. Basketball, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee also get wide student support.
Most Overlooked Teams
Club teams generally get broad fan support, but little or no finances from the administration, due to insurance issues. Also, the Grove City College hockey team attracts a noticeable fan following.
School Spirit
Grovers may not be well-known for their spirit, but a group called the "Crimson Crazies" has helped remedy that reputation. With a touch of paint and a hearty yell, these students cheer for their peers both on the field and the court.
Getting Tickets
No tickets are needed at a Grove City College sporting event. Students may be asked to present an ID card.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Waste Water Treatment Plant paved trails: Northwest from campus on East Main Street, turn left on Greenwood Drive, 3-5.5 miles; Grove City Memorial Park: Northwest from campus on East Main Street; Pinchalong Road Loop 1: West from campus on Pinchalong, turn left on Diamond Road, turn left on Pine Street, 2 miles; Pinchalong Road Loop 2: West from campus on Pinchalong, turn left on Diamond Road, turn left on Enterprise Road, turn left on Madison Avenue, 3.7 miles.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 25% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 5% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 95% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 22% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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